Direk Cathy believes Sarah and John Lloyd share mutual admiration


Sarah Geronimo, shown here wearing a Rajo Laurel creation, graced the premiere of You Changed My Life last night, February 22, at SM Megamall. Her leading man John Lloyd Cruz assisted her as they made their way through the thick crowd.



Giventhat You Changed My Life is graded A by the Cinema Evaluation Board andbased on the good feedback gathered from those who watched the premiere of YouChanged My Life, it seems that the stars, the director and the staffmembers succeeded in exceeding the expectations of viewers who simply want tobe entertained with a feel-good romantic movie.


Last night, February 22, the escalators of SM Megamall leading to Cinema 10 ofSM Megamall were blocked to prevent people from overcrowding the hallwaysduring the premiere night of You Changed My Life.

By the time the romantic movie started screening, Cinema 10 was already filledto the max as fans of John Lloyd Cruz and Sarah Geronimo opted to stand andfill the aisles as they watched the sequel of A Very Special Love.

Right after the premiere of the movie, the stars and staff members of the StarCinema film proceeded to Pasto, El Pueblo, to have their thanksgiving party.During the event, PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) was able to chat withRowell Santiago, who played Art, the older brother of John Lloyd in the film.

Howwould he compare Sarah and JLC then and now? "Si Sarahthere's such a rawness in the way she acts. And surprisingly pa rin, shecarried through this part two no, so she's very consistent, lovable pa rin,yung parang kahit ang feeling mo caricature pero parang naininiwala ka talagasa kanya. I think yun yung charisma niya. Parang very refreshing syang panoorinsyang panoorin sa screen.

"Si Lloydie, no doubt, he is one of the best young actors of today...Every timesiyang gumawa ng isang eksena, totoong totoo. So both of them look goodtogether onscreen, kahit they're not really in love, you feel that they're bothin love, di ba? Siguro malaking ano dyan is yung director talaga. Cathy brought out the best in both of them," observes Rowell.

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PEP asked director Cathy Garcia-Molinato explain how she managed to show how in love their characters were eventhough they were not a couple in real life.

"Hindiba sila in love with each other?" She laughs momentarily before saying, "Ithink there is certain mutual admiration naman for both. Sarah has been open nacrush na nya si John Lloyd nung MMK [Maalaala Mo Kaya] tapos si JohnLloyd naman says that he admires Sarah so parang there is mutual admirationalready.

"Hindi mahirap na idevelop into something, so dun sa movie nakapitan ko‘yon...konting dagdag na lang ok na. Saka magagaling silang artista talaga."

She adds: "Parang Bea [Alonzo]-John Lloyd din naman di ba? They've never beenlinked with each other pero nakikita mo onscreen."

Direk Cathy megged previous films of Bea and John Lloyd such as One More Chance(2007)and Close to You (2006).

If Sarah Geronimo did not topbill AVSL and You Changed My Life, does shethink that both films would have been just as successful? "Hindi siguro, kasiLaida Magtalas is Sarah Geronimo. The role was tailor-fit for her, only Sarahcan do, only Sarah can be Laida Magtalas."


PEP took the opportunity to ask John Lloyd how he managed to show that he wascompletely in love with Sarah even though he is committed to his girlfriend LizUy.

"That'sthe beauty in doing a film, you get to portray a certain story, a certainrelationship," he points out. "Kung hindi mo maipo-portray, then there would beno movie-making at all. So we're blessed that we're being effective. Alam moyun, yung portrayal coming into life or has come into life, masaya kasi you canmake people believe."

We also asked DirekCathy to compare the treatment of the first film, AVSL, with You Changed MyLife. "Well mahirap i-compare, incomparable siya, e. Magkaiba talaga yungkilig na inoffer naming dun sa first because nagsisimula pa lang, crush pa langniya si Miggy, ngayon sila na. It was a tall order siguro for both namagpalabas ng kilig even if hindi sila.

"We are happy especially kanina sa premiere night na na-appreciate ng tao yunglevel ng kilig na yun no, kasi dun kami takot na takot e, baka hanapin angkilig ng part one. But according to the people that I have talked to, parangiba naman yung inoffer namin so with that I'm so grateful and thankful nanailabas nung dalawang to."

Will there be a part 3 for the love story of Laida Magtalas and Miggy Montenegro? "As I always saydepende sa management...kung gusto pa nila, depende sa clamor ng fans, e. If theywant a part 3 then I think management will adjust kung may gusto pa sila."

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Whatkind of feedback did she receive regarding You Changed My Life? "Sana sila [JohnLloyd and Sarah] na sa totoong buhay," she says with a laugh. "Sabi ko sa part3 ikakasal ko na sila!"




Trailer courtesy of Star Cinema and Viva Films


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